IHOP NAME CHANGE
NEW YORK (AP) — Fake pancake news? IHOP has admitted that it went through that whole name change thing last month as a publicity stunt. You might remember that the restaurant chain flipped the “P″ in its name, declared itself IHOB — and started promoting its new line of Black Angus burgers. Now the company is back online — saying it is now promoting a pancake deal tied to IHOP’s 60th anniversary. On its Twitter site, the company says: “That’s right, IHOP! We’d never turn our back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers).”
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A businessman in Tulsa, Oklahoma has stepped up big time to help a man who had been facing more than $200 in fines and an arrest warrant for an overdue movie rental. The handyman firm Jeff of All Trades heard Lonnie Perry had rented the movie “Ted” in 2014 — but soon afterward he became homeless and packed up the movie with the rest of his stuff. Perry forgot about the rental until recently when the county DA contacted him — and said he faced a fine and an arrest. Perry said he didn’t think he could pay the fine — and Jeff of All Trades came to the rescue to pick up the tab.
POLICE - LIP SYNCHING
MONROE, Ga. (AP) — Think of something like the ice bucket challenge — except it involves music and local police forces. A lip sync battle among police departments has swept social media in the U.S. Recently the Monroe Police Department in Georgia did a music video with officers teaming up with local firefighters to lip sync the Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk.” The video was shared Sunday and it apparently struck a chord with people online; the clip received more than 150,000 views on Facebook within seven hours. Now, the Monroe PD is challenging other departments in the area. The Monroe department notes that no tax money was used in making the video it entered into the competition.
“OKLAHOMA!” SOUNDTRACK FETED
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Music industry and Oklahoma officials are celebrating a benchmark linked to the film version of the famous musical bearing the state’s name. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (FAL’-ihn) has proclaimed a weeklong observance to honor the 60th anniversary of the “Oklahoma!” soundtrack reaching gold status. The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, who are both on the soundtrack. Among the most memorable songs are “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and the title track, “Oklahoma.”